Birding the Pacific - NEW!
AT A GLANCE
Bird & Wildlife Cruise:
birds, whales & dolphins, tropical scenery & photography.
Suva (Fiji) – Vanuatu archipelago – eastern Solomon Islands – Honiara
An exploratory expedition voyage in search of Fiji, Vanuatu & Magnificent Petrels, Polynesian Storm-Petrel, other tropical seabirds and island endemics.
Tropical warm to hot.
50+ passenger expedition ship, cabins with and without private facilities.
Following the spectacular success of our Western Pacific Odyssey voyages, we are now delighted to announce another pioneering Pacific voyage, with the main target being three special tubenoses which have only been seen previously by a handful of birders. In addition, we can expect an excellent supporting cast of other seabirds, as well as a great selection of the island endemics of Fiji, Vanuatu and the eastern Solomon Islands. These waters are rarely visited and we can surely expect a surprise or two along the way. As always, we will also be looking for cetaceans as we sail through these azure seas and hope to find several poorly known species including Blainville’s Beaked Whale, Dwarf and Pygmy Sperm Whales and False and Pygmy Killer Whales.
The voyage will visit some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world and in addition to birding, there will be opportunities for snorkeling in some of the most crystal clear waters on the planet.
We will also offer some optional post-voyage birding in the Solomons, subject to demand, led by Chris Collins with local guides, which will add many more land endemics.
Potential seabirds: Fiji, Magnificent, Vanuatu, Collared, White-necked, Kermadec and Tahiti Petrels, Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and Tropical Shearwaters, Polynesian Storm-Petrel, Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Greater and Lesser Frigatebirds, Red-footed & Brown Boobies, Brown and Black Noddy, White, Crested, Bridled, Sooty and Black-naped Terns. Many other species are possible including Beck’s, Murphy’s, Phoenix and Herald Petrels, Heinroth’s Shearwater and Grey-backed Tern.
We can also offer special prices combining the vessel’s previous voyage, which runs from New Zealand via the Kermadec Islands and Tonga to Fiji. More information on request from us.
Embark vessel in the morning, Suva, Fiji and sail. Late afternoon arrive off Gau.
Morning off Gau, Fiji (Fiji Petrel). Afternoon sail and rest of day at sea.
Ogea Lavu, Fiji (Ogea Monarch)
Morning at sea. Afternoon at Kadavu, Fiji, sail again early evening.(Velvet Dove, Crimson Shining Parrot, Fiji Bush Warbler, Black-throated Shrikebill, Kandavu Fantail, Layard’s White-eye, Kandavu Honeyeater & Fiji Parrotbill) Other Fiji endemics which occur on the islands we will be visiting include Fiji Goshawk, Peale’s Imperial Pigeon, Collared Lory, Slaty Monarch, Vanikoro Flycatcher and Orange-breasted Myzomela.
Efate Island, Vanuatu. We will seek our first land endemic here, Yellow-fronted White-eye.
Shepherd Islands, Vanuatu. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters breed here, the young are harvested by the locals in April and May.
Day 9: At sea
Big Bay – Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Scrubfowl, Chestnut-bellied Kingfisher, Buff-bellied Monarch, Tanna Fruit Dove & Yellow-fronted White-eye)
Banks Island, Vanuatu (known breeding islands for Vanuatu & Magnificent Petrels). We will call into Sola Island briefly before sailing away.
Santa Cruz Islands. We will clear customs in here and may have time for some land birding.
Ndendo, Solomon Islands. This part of the Solomons is called Temotu and endemics include Palm Lorikeet, Melanesian Whistler, White-throated Whistler, Vanikoro Monarch, Santa Cruz Shrikebill, Vanikoro Flycatcher, Santa Cruz White-eye, Vanikoro White-eye, Sandford’s White-eye and Rusty-winged Starling.
Vanikoro Island, Solomon Islands. An expedition landing, two endemics to look for, Vanikoro Monarch and Vanikoro White-eye.
Disembark Honiara, Solomon Islands after breakfast. Group transfer to airport or hotels. WildWings optional Solomons extension begins(details TBA).
Please note: As with all expedition voyages the itinerary is subject to weather and local conditions on the day.
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 16th April – 2nd May 2014
Leader/s: Chris Collins and the ship’s expedition team.
£5559 - sharing a triple basic (upper & lower berths
£6215 - sharing a twin basic (lower berths)
£6799 - sharing a twin with facilities(upper and lower berths)
£7485 - sharing a superior twin with facs. (lower berths)
£7999 - sharing a suite with facilities from (beds)
Prices based on £1 = US$1.6. Payment may also be made in US$, please ask for rates.
Price includes: Voyage with accommodation as booked, including all meals, tea/coffee, shore excursions, lectures and services of WildWings leader and the expedition team, day by day bird and mammal checklist.
Price excludes: Landing fees and port taxes (£250 per person), flights (from c£1450 London – Fiji, Honiara - London), pre/post cruise hotel nights, optional post-voyage land birding in the Solomons, travel insurance, onboard gratuities (suggest US$15 per day), and other drinks.
See also our New! Wake of the Bounty Expedition in November 2014 (Tahiti – Pitcairn – Oeno- Henderson Islands) and theWestern Pacific Odyssey 2015.
16th April – 2nd May 2014
Chris has birded in over 80 countries and territories around the world and now spends the quite a lot of his time at sea. Although professionally qualified as a Chartered Accountant, these days Chris concentrates on wildlife-related projects and was very instrumental in setting up the Western Pacific Odyssey and also guides our Russian Far East voyages.